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Dec 4, 2013 12:00am PST
million 15-year-olds. the u.s. education secretary arnie duncan calling it stagnation. but before we talk about how to fix the problem, let's look deeper. there might be a lot less here than meets the eye. they're broken down in connecticut, florida, and massachusetts. in connecticut and massachusetts, two of the richest states in the union were students generally perform better than the worldwide average. the policy substitute said that america lags in social testing. if you were to correct for their massive income inequality, the performance is better than it appears. consider that the top issuer in all three categories was shanghai, a result that gave rise to headlines proclaiming china has having the smartest students. they are just 1.7% of china's population. country, essentially forces many of the children of poor workers to leave shanghai for high school. while testing was done three years ago in china's rural areas, the chinese government only allowed the release of shanghai's scores. it underlies almost every conversation we have about conversation and education policy in am
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 5:00pm PST
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00pm PST
child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own. that should offend all of us. and it should compel us to action. we are a better country than this. >> i mean, when we get to the point where children in no fault of their own are living in these situations and it's just discarded, that's troubling about the spirit of the country and those that are in government, congressman. >> well, a nation that wants to consider itself respectful and decent ought to want to have its citizens live a respectful and decent life. and to do so you've got to pay people a decent wage. we've got to raise the wage from $7.25 to $9. just think about this. in 1938 fdr was successful in getting the minimum wage raised. and from 1938 to 2013 it's raised only $7. they are having difficulty surviving. this nation is not a mean spirited nation. and the majority of the people, i think, go along with what we're saying. the problem is it will never be brought up to a vote here in the house of representatives. >> when the
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 12:00am PST
been hearing so much from our political class, the democrats and republicans that education is the solution to the problem. if we just figure out better to educate our poor kids we could reduce the inequality. and the president today acknowledged that may not be enough. >> the outcomes we're having today, the health care, the budget, reforming our financial systems, all of these things will have a practical effect on americans, i am convinced the decisions we make in the next few years, will determine whether or not america will be the country where children can grow up and have opportunities that are real. >> i have seen you talk about your work in education as fundamentally driven towards precisely the kinds of goals the president talks about today. reducing inequality. expanding social mobility. and i wonder what your take is on how much of that can be achieved through education, while we have seen outside the schools such a massively expanding amount of poor people. >> yeah, i think part of the problem that we have in the debate today is that people think that you either have t
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 3:00am PST
future. republicans who block investments in things like early education and immigration reform, today we educate the world's top talent in our colleges and then send them back to their home countries are harming our future. conservatives need to think differently about the near term safety nets we need to ease some people through this period and liberals need to think more seriously about how we can incentivize and unleash risk takers to start new companies that create growth, wealth and good jobs. to have more employees we need more employers. just redividing a slow growing pie will not sustain the american dream. >> harold? >> tom, harold ford, good morning. how do we incentivize congress to understand these numbers. joe and mika had arne on talking about testing and ensuring our kids can compete with kids around the globe. how do we get policymakers and particularly those in washington to grasp what you write about not only this time but often? >> harold, i'm a big believer this is a big problem. we've gotten into it over a long period of time. and it takes a comprehensive solution
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 3:00pm PST
education. tell me about what you're doing. >> just like we're fighting income equality, we have to fight education inequality. and that means the places that have gotten hurt the most by austerity, by privatization, by attesting fixation. they have come together. parents, community-based organizations particularly in low income neighborhoods with our union to say we need a new direction. we need to reclaim the promise of public education with our solutions for our schools. we need to fix, not close public schools. we need to actually have a fixation on children, not on testing. we need wrap around services to actually mitigate poverty. pre-k, different pathways to graduation. what's happening is it's not just our union talking about it. it's in 60 cities over a hundred groups coming together to say let's together have this new direction to help all of our kids succeed. >> we'll be watching it monday. >> thank you. >> jared bernstein, randi weingarten, thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. >> thank you. >>> coming up, the right wing hypocrisy on nelson mandela is at epic level. a
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 10:00am PST
of ongoing efforts part of proposals private over public education and too much of a burden on teachers. joining me now president of the american federation of teachers. randy, great to see you. >> great to be with you. >> what motivated this day of action. why do you feel public education is threatened. >> actually as we've seen from the recent results, which shows the united states basically just holding its own and not moving forward, the countries of the world that outcompete us understand that public education has to be the center of education. they have to port teachers and support parents and rich curriculum including arts and music and science. that's what we're calling for here. we're one of any number of groups, student or parent, community groups that says we need a new school not fixated on testing, strategies that create winners and losers but we have to help all of our children achieve and succeed. that's why you see the largest coordinated group of action, 90 in all, set for different parts of time during the day today. >> with race to the top, one of the policie
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2013 7:00am PST
education, and he started out life essentially with a tremendous sense of self-confidence inspired by his local community. and to take him from that position which makes him an aspiring lawyer, by his early 30s he's already rising the ranks of the anc only marks the ways in which he evolved as an individual. and i think we have to hold that in place because he lived so long that he was able to draw on so many strains of thought. so, yes, he went through a period where he embraced africanism or black nationalism to a point where the notion of race first many the tradition of a marcus garvey in the united states, for example, this notion that black people have to solidify. and yes, the anc, there was tension there. >> such a great point, he lives to be nearly 100 years old. his trajectory for change is very different from that of a king who was assassinated while still a young man. one quick question then more after the break. not only do we misremember mandela, we misremember ourselves in relationship to mandela. we now say america always embraced the anti-apartheid movement. what are
MSNBC
Dec 3, 2013 2:00pm PST
systematic corporate destruction of an american city with a mission to destroy public education, attack the voting block, attack the unions in detroit, and it has really been the focal point to privatize everything they can get their hands on. i have a jaded opinion in all of this. i actually believe in american workers. i believe that workers should not be sacrificed if there are policies and market forces that are having a big impact on a city. i believe that we have an obligation to workers. i want to throw some numbers at you tonight. i know, we've got numbers. but, you know, conservatives, they like numbers. $24 billion. that's the cost of the last shutdown. i haven't heard any conservatives in washington raise any problem with that at all. haven't heard anything about offsets. $24 billion? well, when it's their way, they throw around billion-dollar bills like they're $5 bills. that's what the shutdown cost. so i understand debt. okay? and i think everybody in america has some level of debt in their life. $18 billion debt to the city of detroit, that's pretty hefty, no getting arou
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 6:00pm PST
budget stylings, north carolina has pursued deep, deep, deep cuts in education and unemployment benefits and health insurance for the poor. they've even gone after preschool in the state, all policies that will pretty directly hit the shoppers at the pope family stores, right? bargain town, bill's dollar store, the super 10 the super dollar, treasure mart, roses, maxway, all of the dollar stores that are part of their empire, all of the discount dollar stores that have made art pope and his family all of their many millions, which they have now spent to go after the poor in north carolina in a way that nobody has in more than 100 years. today, the state's naacp held a news conference outside the state budget office, outside art pope's office, announcing a campaign targeting mr. pope's discount stores. they're calling it a picketing campaign to educate dollar store customers about what they called the extreme and aggressive policies that they are funding by shopping at stores owned by mr. pope. >> we want to put a stop to the use of wealth to influence policies in a negative way. that's w
MSNBC
Dec 8, 2013 11:00am PST
apartheid that remains, the apartheid gaps in poverty and health care and education, we're still in it but it's just changed phases. >> one of the things that has to be learned, and one of the things professor ogletree said about him being a patriot, it is a much different world then than it is now. the great cold war was on at that time and the south african government was aligned with the united states. and people who were seeing that struggle were seeing the south african government as an ally of the united states and not paying enough attention to the big human rights issues. but the big issue going forward now is president zuma in south africa and does he get the lessons from the life and leadership of president mandela and other leaders in africa, and not just that continent but around the world that they can take something away from that. there are not going to be a lot of people dancing in the streets because they're mourning the loss of mugabwe, for example, next door, but i hope the lesson this week and the days to come, that people will see the real value of the kind of leadersh
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 11:00pm PST
country educated my grandfather on the g.i. bill. when my father left and my mom hit hard times trying to raise my sister and me while she was going to school, this country helped make sure we didn't go hungry. when michelle, the daughter of a shift worker at a water plant and a secretary, wanted to go to college, just like me, this country helped us afford it until we could pay it back. so what drives me as a son, a grandson, a father, as an american is to make sure that every striving, hard-working, on the mystic kid in america has the same incredible chance that this country gave me. >> this is why he was elected, right then. because that grabbed me. the idea we came here and got on the escalator and got better off in this country than we would have gotten in whatever country we came from. the g.i. bill, these are opportunities that we get in this country to move up that escalator. and he was saying i was one of the people who went up that way. we can't stop that escalator. that grabbed me. but i get the feeling sometimes they're afraid to talk about poor people. you've been
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 2:30am PST
because she lacks a decent education, health care or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us. the combined friends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the american dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe. so what drives me is a grandson, a son, a father, as an american is to make sure that every striving hard-working, optimistic kid in america has the same incredible chance that this country gave me. >> currently the minimum wage is $7.25. adjusted for inflation. that's more than $3 less than the minimum wage back in 1968. president obama says he will support a senate bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10. >>> if hillary clinton decides to run for president in 2016, her path to the democratic nomination may have just become a little clearer. the "boston globe" is recording elizabeth warren put an to end speculation she might pursue the white house in the foreseeable future. at a news conference, warren pledged to serve out her term. she added, i'm not running for president. i'm
MSNBC
Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
these educated people on the set what is he trying to say. >> i went to alabama so i can probably explain it better than anybody else. boy that cuts like a knife. >> tell me, what is the concept. >> we don't know how to kick a field goal when we're at the 15 yard line. >> great game. >> is anyone here? >> kicked the ball -- 59 yard kick but we don't kick a 15 yard field goal. anyway, so let me just say there were a lot of people -- i'm going to say two things so you can't jump on me after i say the first thing. okay. >> okay. >> number one i hate to be harold ford everybody told us back in 1996 when we tried to pass welfare reform and limit the number of weeks, months, years people could be on welfare that we were the most cold hearted hateful people of all time and young children would starve and grand mothers would be thrown out in the snow. we were. we were called the most heartless people of all time. we passed it over two bill clinton wes to. he signed at any time third time. most everybody said that it was a great success. even people for children's defense fund said the mos
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm PST
idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us. to take money from the haves and give it to the have nots, that's not what's best. ♪ >> be off with you! >> christmas is a time of generosi generosity. >> what other secular humanists are peeing on your you'll log. >> convince people saying that jesus would feed the poor which he would. we all know that. but would he impose a system that hurts one group to help another group? >> the top 10 percent no longer takes in one-third of our income. and now takes half. >> hum bug. >> it's this theoretical world that president obama seems to live in. >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. did i just hear bill o'reilly say something about people are hurting? that jesus would want to help the poor, but he wouldn't want to hurt anybody else? you mean to tell me that bill o'reilly, who is looking out for us, thinks that the wealthiest americans are hurting right now? oh, i'll tel
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm PST
not my kid, has a chance at a good education or that guy over there who i'm not related to has a chance at a decent job and retirement, i'm going to be better off. i'm going to be lifving in a society that is more cohesive and, you know, going to create the kind of future for our kids that we all want. and that, more than anything, is at the core of the debate that i've been having with the republican party over the last several years. it's not just the details of the affordable care act or, you know, the minimum wage. because as i said yesterday in the speech, if you've got better ideas for achieving the same goal, put them out there. i'm not wedded to one particular way of doing things. but the central argument i have is, we do have an a obligation to each other and there are some things that we can do together and, in fact, the big challenges that we have, whether it's immigration, climate change, an economy that works for everybody, i am profession our education system, making college more affordable, competing in the world economy, dealing with questions of war and peace, th
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 3:00pm PST
was well done. same thing about people not wanting to fund education, not wanting to continue funding medicare and social security at current levels. people who want to destroy food for poor people by cutting $40 billion from food stamps, these same people actually can say that there is no racism in america? the same people who made sure it is difficult for people of color and minorities in general to have their vote counted. it is just ridiculous that people would actually make a statement like that and believe that someone would take them seriously. >> you know, dana, when you look at the record, when you look at the fact that their attempt to quote, reach out to minority voters has failed repeatedly this year, look at the fact republicans turned down the offer to speak -- any of them -- at the 50th anniversary of dr. martin luther king's i have a dream speech. and ted cruz praised jesse helms. comparing obama care to slavery. even sarah palin embraced the term shuck and jive. i mean, these kind of outreach attempts are the most backfiring i've seen in american politics prob
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 7:00am PST
legally. we're appealing the decision yesterday. but we're going to continue to educate the community in detroit and across michigan and across this country. you don't attack workers who have given their lives to public service at the expense of their pensions. i mean they earned their pensions. as you heard the gentleman say, those pensions were earned by them when they were working and they deserve to retire with dignity and respect. >> and you can't listen to those stories, and i heard a lot of them, i read a lot of them today, they're understandably panicked. they don't know if they're facing a 5% cut, a 50% cut, but here's the argument on the other side. for example, vallejo, california, tried to get back on track without touching pensions and couldn't do it. in some cases cities have had to reduce services, things like police in order to pay retirees. so the question is can these cities which are in so much trouble, can they get out of the hole and still protect pensions? >> well, look, nobody is saying that urban areas and cities across the country are not experiencing fiscal diff
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
advocate from abbvie for one-to-one support and education. i love chalk and erasers. but change is coming. all my students have the brand new surface. it has the new windows and comes with office, has a real keyboard, so they can do real work. they can use bing smartsearch to find anything in the world... or last night's assignment. and the battery lasts and lasts, so after school they can skype, play games, and my favorite...do homework. change is looking pretty good after all. ♪ >> i stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people. your heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. >> that was nelson mandela hours after he was released from prison from his 27-year stint in prison. news of his passing is drawing huge crowds. the nation's mourning has become a celebration of the man south africans call madiba. >> moments ago, they released details for the funeral plans. the country will pay tribute over the next days. sunday will be a national day of prayer and reflection. there will be a massive public memorial at the soccer
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 6:00am PST
common ground needs to include several things. smart deficit reduction and investments in education. we have to cut spending and it has to be fair to the middle class. if the position will be to turn off sequester which we must do, we will ask to pay to turn off sequester. that's not going to suit the democrats in congress. we will continue to negotiate and hope that we get to a good fair common ground that is good and fair of the middle class. >> when you say the middle class, what are you referencing to that they have to pay for? >> one of the things is a surcharge on airline tickets. in the context of an overall budget if we have to look at that, we should. to do that and ask middle class people who are traveling to visit with their families. this has to do better than that. >> one question i want to ask you about, when you are not on capitol hill, you moonlight to get democrats elect and get the 17 seats needed to reclaim the majority. a person who has gone out of his way to help you is the president of the united states. they say that the president has not turned down a single
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2013 2:30am PST
which do i listen to? you'll have an inferred fiduciary duty to yourself to be educated, be able to understand the big picture and understand the structure of capitalism, how it works. the cost of goods. i just have a passion. that means nothing. the most powerful and the most highly positioned people can have the same information i can have. i wasn't born in america. when i came to america, a few blocks down was a library and it was free. i could go in there and learn all the secrets of how to do everything and anything. it's your fault if you don't succe succeed. you cannot fail in america. never be the first one to do anything. you'll be the poorest guy in the room. don't be the first groundbreaker. it won't happen. let somebody else do market research and create a marketplace for you and just walk in and do it. in business, it doesn't matter if it's expected or not. this should be a surprise, it's original. no, who cares? either it works or it doesn't. whether it's expected or unexpected. there's just success and failure. and everything else is just smoke and mirrors. who and wh
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2013 1:00am PST
court declared that separate educational facilities are unequal, south africa codified it expris sit ri for their nation. separate everything. everything assigned to different races. and the best of everything reserved for the white minority. people classified as colored. for a while, they had a right to vote specifically for white people to represent them. only the white minority had the vote in the ends. and only the white minority had any say. 80% of the country lived entirely segregated and without representation under white rule. 80% of the country. by 1960, the demonstrations had started to zero in on those pass books, the laws that made your mere existence criminal if you were challenged by a white person as to what you were doing there. the best way to overthrow apartheid, just outside johannesburg somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 people turned up and said they wanted to turn themselves in. thousands of people. they turned up and said that they all felt that they needed to be arrested, all 5,000 of them because they said they tid not have their passbooks. so they were turning t
MSNBC
Dec 4, 2013 6:00am PST
to connect with a patient advocate from abbvie for one-to-one support and education. [ male announcer ] laura's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. yep. got all the cozies. [ grandma ] with new fedex one rate, i could fill a box and ship it for one flat rate. so i knit until it was full. you'd be crazy not to. is that nana? [ male announcer ] fedex one rate. simple, flat rate shipping with the reliability of fedex. >>> we talked about this yesterday with senator richard luker. the ukraine issue. protesters are in the streets again trying to force the president out of office. the protest that had been going on for several days intensified in the parliament's no confidence vote failed. demonstrators took control of the cabinet the administration's office. nbc news foreign correspondent a joins me. this is essentially a country that is divided about whether to join the european union or
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm PST
that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal, the year before we said, separate but equal was dead, south africa codified it, explicitly, for their nation. the apartness, the apartheid system of separate schools, separate hospitals, separate beaches, separate buses, separate park benches, separate everything, everything assigned to specific races, and the lion's share of everything, and of course, the best of everything, reserved only for the white minority. black people had no right to vote. people classified as "colored," for a while, they had a right to vote specifically for white people to represent them, but eventually that was stripped too. only the white minority had the vote in the end. only the white minority was represented in government and only the white minority had any say whatsoever of the affairs in the nation. 80% of the country lived entirely segregated and without representation under white rule. 80% of the country. and by 1960, the resistance to apartheid, the demonstrations against it, had started to zero in on those passbooks, those pass laws, t
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 9:00am PST
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Dec 2, 2013 5:00pm PST
support and education. >>> we're back with jj ramberg, josh barrow and robert reich. j.j., whether the drones materialize or not, i think it's kind of a pr stunt, frankly, but the future of retail is stuff coming to you rather than you going to stuff. >> exactly. you went into the break asking what does it look like, right when we don't have any stores anymore? and i can tell you what it looks like, because we've spent the last year on my show going around main street usa and asking small businesses how they're doing. and town after town, what we saw was there were these agricultural, industrial towns, factories moved away, main street kind of disappeared. then it built up, big box stores came in, took all the business and then main street went down again. crime, you know, boarded-up store fronts. and now, the main streets that are doing well are working together to try and market themselves as a whole. come to main street because we are helping our community. it's almost like a tourist destination. >> that's interesting. and one of the things you've seen in the book business, right, w
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Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm PST
on to be a lawyer after an incredibly rare education in a white supremacist nation that was explicitly ordered in every single particularity around the oppression, alienuation and d degradation of the black majority of its people. he co-founded a group dedicated to equal rights and ending apartheid. for this activity, the apartheid government, armed with a vast secret police, branded mandela an enemy of the state. mandela was forced into hiding. in a stunning 1961 broadcast, his first televised interview, the 42-year-old activist in hiding spoke with itn's brian wind widlig. >> i asked him what it was the africans really wanted? >> the africans want the franchise on the basis of one man, one vote. >> do you see africans being able to develop in this country without the europeans being pushed out? >> we have made it very clear in our policy that south africa is a country of many generations. there is room for all those in this country. >> mandela emerged from hiding and would be tried along with eight others for treason, a capital crime. all but one were convicted. mandela wa
MSNBC
Dec 10, 2013 12:00pm PST
food. your kids are also going to love america. our world-class education system, which has been described glowingly as mediocre, provides the ticket to prosperity for your children. these educatal tickets to prosperity are widely available. assuming, of course, you live in the right neighborhood. how will you know if you live in the right neighborhood? well, a useful rule of thumb, if your neighbors are white and you are unable to afford to live there. so welcome to america. the land of opportunity. but some exclusions may apply. all right. that's it for us. and in case you missed ari after our c block, he is with you for the entire next hour. ari, it is all yours. >> i would love to do rage against the machine with you. >> some exclusions may apply. very good stuff, krystal. thank you very much. >>> i'm ari melber, it is tuesday, december 10th. when it comes to the president's policies, actions do speak louder than words. >> congressman paul ryan and senator patty murray are reportedly close to striking a small deal. >> democracy in action is a beautiful thing. >> far from the
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Dec 3, 2013 4:00pm PST
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MSNBC
Dec 2, 2013 2:00pm PST
every measure of affirmative action and educational equity that might provide us equal footing. so in that case, it's much ado about nothing. it's a lot of talk. as james brown said, you're talking loud and saying nothing. >> zerlina, how aggressive should the white house be on the heels of this website, massingive provement meeting the date? >> very aggressive. as a person uninsured and has been on the new york exchange, i think that people that are uninsured have a great deal of patience. and the white house should exploit that patience. because people that are uninsured want health insurance. and that's why the traffic is so high. i think they need to be very aggressive here and say the website is getting better and better and people are going to fundamentally -- their lives are going to change. >> time for the offense. no doubt about it. michael eric dyson, sgher lena maxwell, thanks for being on "the ed show." appreciate it. >>> coming up, a north dakota local news station keeps it classy. how are things with the new guy? all we do is go out to dinner. that's it? i mean, he pi
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 3:00am PST
lumberjacks a decent education or a health care or a community that views her future as their own it should offend all of us. the combined trends of declining mobility it poses a threat to our way of life. what drives me as a zbroond, a son, a father, as an american is to make sure that every striving hard-working optimistic kid in america has the same incredible chance that this country gave me. >> the current minimum wage is $7.25, adjusted for inflation. that's more than $3 less than the minimum wage was back in 1968. president obama said he'll support a senate bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 but not going to be easy. >> what would the prospects of that be not only in the senate but the house? >> they are not good. it would be easier to do that than to increase taxes on the wealthy at this point in time because that's been ruled off the table by congressional republicans. if you're going after inequality with those brunt instrument, minimum wage would be easier to do. income in equality, the historical trends are staggering. with respect to fast food workers it's an ex
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Dec 6, 2013 3:00am PST
at all supportive of the revolution that was taking place. over nine years i worked to educate the members of the california legislature. i went to south africa when they lifted the ban on the anc to welcome home all of those who had been in exile and finally we created the event that brought him to los angeles where we filled the coliseum and on to letting people who had been working and students who had been so involved in trying to get him released from prison. finally they got to see him and it was a glorious moment. >> tom brokaw that's one part of this, his history. charlaine said talk about the part where this country wasn't that supportive of him. she talked about possibly some even more sinister aspects of it. >> i was in south africa. it was important in keeping the pressure on. i remember the first time i went back when i could use an american bank credit card and i gave it to one of the merchants and they passed it around and they haven't seen it in four or five years. you talk to the big energy companies at that time and it was economic pressure that made f.w. de klerk
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Dec 3, 2013 3:00am PST
disturbing education all rankings coming out. >> we'll get to that. we'll begin with the train derailment in new york. federal investigators are turning their attention to the engineer as new revelations of just how fast the train was going. the train was going 82 miles per hour when it took that curve. it should have been traveling at just 30 miles per hour. nbc's tom costello has the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: on the tracks in the bronx mta crews lifted the remains of the broken train as crash investigators went in for a closer look. tons of twisted steel scraped and crushed from sunday's violent crash. the ntsb announced the two black boxes recovered from the train revealed a stunning development. >> train was traveling at approximately 82 miles per hour as it went into a 30 mile-per-hour curve. >> reporter: 82 miles per hour. only six seconds before the train came to a complete second engine power was cutback. then the engineer suddenly applied full brakes. >> when i heard about the speed, i gulped. it sort of takes your breath away. >> reporter: the engineer
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Dec 4, 2013 8:00am PST
offer access to everything from education to health care to a safe shelter from the streets, which means that you're harnessing the power of community to expand opportunity for folks here in d.c. and your work reflects a tradition that runs through our history. the belief that we're greater together than we are on our own. and that's what i've come here to talk about today. now, over the last two months, washington has been dominated by some pretty contentious debates. i think that's fair to say. and between a reckless shutdown by congressional republicans in an effort to repeal the affordable care act and admittedly poor execution on my administration's part in implementing the latest stage of the new law, nobody has acquitted themselves very well these past few months, so it's not surprising that the american people's frustrations with washington are at an all-time high. but we know that people's frustrations run deeper than these most recent political battles. their frustrations rooted in their own daily battles, to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for retire
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Dec 3, 2013 10:00am PST
of you about education initiative, the studies out today, every three years global testing of teenagers, 15 years old. what we found, for all the money spent by bush administration and before this the obama administration, race to the top, all of the advancements we've been expecting, that american students have moved downward in these testings. we now rank below what we rank before. we're mid-range. actually rank below vietnam on math and reading scores. vietnam, which is not considered like shanghai and singapore, some other leading asian countries has now moved up. ron, you've studied a lot of this. you've covered all of these issues. what's going on here with our inability to make any headway on what is arguably a national security issue, the fact our kids are falling behind on math and science. >> you're exactly right. it is a national security issue. i would step back and put the education system in that big bucket of national institutions that are failing to adapt to the times. just like our other institutions letting us down right now. we have our leaders on the nation
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Dec 4, 2013 9:00am PST
job today without some higher education, so we've helped more students go to college with grants and loans that go farther than before. we've made it more practical to repay those loans and today more students are graduating from college than ever before. we're also pursuing an aggressive strategy to promote innovation that reins in tuition cost. we have a lower cost so young people are not burdened by enormous debt when they make the right decision to get higher education. and next week, michelle and i will bring together college presidents and non-profits to lead a campaign to help more low-income students attend and succeed in college. but -- [ applause ] while higher education may be the surest path to the middle class, it's not the only one. so we should offer our people the best technical education in the world. that's why we've worked to connect local businesses with community colleges so workers, young and old, can earn the new skills that earn them more money. and i've also embraced an idea that i know all of you at the center for american progress have championed. and b
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Dec 4, 2013 1:00pm PST
be able to escape poverty, because she lacks a decent education or health care. that should offend all of us. what drives me is a grandson, a son, a father, an american, is to make sure that every striving, hard-working, optimistic kid has the same incredible chance that this country gave me. dr. king once said, of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking. not anymore. if you still don't like obama care, you owe it to the american people to tell us what you are for. not just what you're against. >>> here at 30 rock, we are counting down to tonight's lighting of the famous rockefeller christmas tree. that war on christmas, a lot of hum bug, of course. but as president obama prepares to join in the national tree-lighting on friday, he's got a few other things to attend to. first, including a long list of policy goals that he wants to achieve for the american people. starting, of course, with the affordable care act. the affordable care for all. so just this afternoon, the president kept up his three-week push to promote the affordable care act. this
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Dec 5, 2013 7:00am PST
called for broad change, not just a living wage, but stronger labor laws, more funding for education and a social safety net. >> but the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care or a community that views her future as their own? that should offend all of us. the combined trends of increase and equality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the american dream, our way of life and what we stand for around the globe. >> susan page is the washington bureau chief for usa today. clarence page, no relation, pulitzer prize-winning columnist and it's the first time we've had the pages squared on my show. >> it's great to have both of you. the president ticked off the statistics to how a growing number of americans face the reality of lower, real wages and higher costs. the prospect of a next generation with fewer opportunities for economic advancements that all to me sounds like, susan, a lot of the rhetoric from his 2008 campaign. why this push now and why the prospects of change now? >> i think it dates bac
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Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
have real economic opportunity and that education is something that is available to all that we walk towards more pros spert pore young people in the country. when president obama was here a few short months ago, he talked about the ways it has the potential to be an after our strengths are linked to one another. i think that's the best way to memorialize all that he meant to us. >> we know december 15th is when will be the final good-bye, if that's appropriate to say, we'll see each other again, but the final good-bye here. i can't imagine there won't be a television set or radio on where people will gather and watch this moment that will be unmatched as far as the diversity and the range of people who sincerely say that this man changed their life, set the compass of their direction in life. >> that's so true, tamron. during the anti-apartheid moment, we used to chant all the time, the whole world is watching, here again he has made certain that the world world is watching, everyone is pausing and reflecting on what this man meant to us all. we count ourselves blessed to have lived
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Dec 5, 2013 8:00am PST
momentum in the public the real problem here is public education, if you have never had health insurance before, you don't know how it works and you've never applied for it and never done anything, you need to be educated and there's a whole lot of people out there who have not had health insurance before or how to use it. >> there are a lot of people who don't have computers and a lot of people are watching television about this sort of thing, so you have a real public education problem that goes with any major social change like this. it was no different for social security or for medicare or for the drug benefit under medicare. there's always a lot of education that has to be done. >> we know that there's a renewed sense of confidence certainly coming from the white house and certainly coming from democrats who have been anxious about this, and i know that as of tuesday in your state more than 175,000 residents have enrolled in health care coverage since october 1st and we know since november 14th, enrollments have increased by 55%. in your opening remarks from yesterday's committee h
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Dec 9, 2013 7:00pm PST
, and they are wrong. that's the kind of education that they need to give to their candidates. >> nia-malika, the issues seem to present as big a challenge, i think a bigger challenge, than their language. >> that's right, perception is one problem, although policy is another issue. if you look at the issues like, for instance, raising the minimum wage, women overwhelmingly favor raising the minimum wage. and you'll see in some of these states across the country in 2014, put that issue on the ballot in states like south dakota and states like illinois, in hopes of drawing women and that sort of obama coalition to the polls. same with same-sex marriage. women tend to favor that in the same way that most democratic candidates do. so it just so happens, and democrats have obviously reaped the benefits of that, that they are more in sync with the majority of where women are on these issues. >> there is something strange in the republican party, something really fundamental that is identified in this poll, recently poll in october saying, asking the question -- saying, it would be
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Dec 7, 2013 4:00am PST
fact that a lot of this job growth, good jobs, manufacturing, education, construction. so they say that those are signs that the economy is moving in the right direction. at the same time, as you point out, the white house looking at those numbers and using them to argue that unemployment insurance should be extended for 1.3 million americans. they point out that within those economic figures you can see 4 million americans have been unemployed for six months or more. here's what president obama had to say in his weekly address. take a listen. >> for many families it can be the difference between hardship and catastrophe. it makes a difference for a mother who suddenly doesn't know if she will be able to put food on the table for his kids or a father who lost his job and is looking for a new one. last year it ended 2.5 people out of poverty and cushioned the blow for many more. >> now, alex, republicans are making the opposite argument. they are saying that the low unemployment rate or relatively low unemployment rate speaks to the fact that the economy doesn't need more stimulus,
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Dec 4, 2013 12:00pm PST
the policy and educational piece you're trying to work on. it seems different. if you can, tell us anything about what happened at the white house today. >> sure thing. the first thing to say if we know anything from polls young people remain immensely uneducated about this law. only a tiny percentage of young people who know what's in the bill. here at policy mic, the big reason we're launching this to have our generation submit ideas on how to get them signed up and have a conversation. fact we're here at the white house validates the conversation we're having on our site will be a real conversation that people will be taking seriously and listening to. the exciting thing is the top three most voted on ideas will get a response from the white house. we're excited to have this conversation with young people. >> i find what you guys are doing so interesting and so important. you guys are both working together own health care, it seems you're doing a better job than congress these days. as a republican, the republicans are trying to find their way in this conversation. what is your
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Dec 3, 2013 8:00am PST
commissioner are there. >>> a new report on our american education system this morning is not looking good for the next generation. in fact an international assessment of teens around the world shows u.s. students slipping even further behind. the united states ranking 26th in math scores, dropping one point since 2009, which was the last time the test was given. the u.s. is at 21st place in science, which is a drop of four spots and dropped three spots to 17th in reading. by contrast, several asian countries and cities, including japan and singapore saw their students improve significantly. education secretary arne duncan addressed the findings early this morning. >> it is a picture of educational stagnation. the brutal truth that urgent reality must serve as a wake-up call against educational complacency and low expectations. we're running in place as other high-performing countries start to lap us. >> michelle rhee is the ceo and founder of students first and joins us now. michelle, are you surprised by what this new assessment is saying about american students or do you think that this is
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Dec 5, 2013 12:00pm PST
we're dealing with. one of which is education. you have more people going to college than ever before, which means more debt, but that doesn't necessarily mean better paying jobs. we're talking about $15 to $20 an hour. do you think raising the minimum wage would have an impact on the way we at least think about education? would more people be less likely to want to go to school if they're getting paid more without having to go? >> i don't think the minimum wage has much of an impact on educational decision. i do think that college is still a good deal, but the reality is that inequality is growing even amongst those who actually go to college. the median college salary is not really keeping pace with the rest of the economy. so again, i think when thinking about the overall picture about inequality, we do need a number of different tools. i think the minimum wage plays one part of that but an important one. >> one of the arguments that corporations like mcdonald's and wendy's in particular like to make is, well, if we raise wages, then we're going to have to raise prices, and
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